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10th December 2015

Dear Let Me Go Supporters,

With filming starting after Christmas and the Production Office alive with creativity we would like to introduce you to just a few of the incredible people on the Let Me Go Team.

Highly talented Alexandra Walker’s recent credits include Production Designer on Love Does Grow on Trees, Snow in Paradise, Love Tomorrow and Art Director on The Young Victoria, Frankenweenie and no less than three Harry Potter films!

Alex: ‘I was very drawn to the themes of inherited trauma in LET ME GO and instinctively responded to how this might be told through the emotional spaces in the production design.Through meeting and talking with Polly, I feel very strongly that the design should be evocative of the different women’s characters in colour and texture, but sitting right back subliminally as a canvas for the actors performances. Clare, the set decorator and I, are really inspired by the story to create the biography of the characters, to demonstrate in their belongings and surroundings the choices they have made.’

Casting Directors Vicky Wildman and Buffy Hall (wildmanhallcasting) enjoy exposing new talent (including a very young Emily Blunt in the BAFTA winning ‘My Summer of Love’) & providing imaginative casting with established Artists (including Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Felicity Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, Gemma Arteton, Jim Sturgess) for film makers worldwide.

Vicky told us, ‘LET ME GO has been a unique casting experience – 4 Leading Roles for women of varying ages AND for a female Director.  It has been a privilege to explore this story with Polly Steele & we are thrilled with the talented actresses cast & with the actors who will support them in telling this story on screen’

Director of Photography Michael Wood joins us with 30 years of film experience, his most recent work includes 2nd unit on Ron Howard’s epic In the Heart of the Sea, Rush and Woman in Gold.

Holly Rebecca has styled clients including Solange Knowles and Ellie Goulding and Costume Designed Jane Linfoot’s ‘Sea View’ (Nominated for Best Short Film at the 2014 BAFTAs) and The Incident (full length feature).

Holly:  ‘From Traudi’s staid, militarian silhouette all the way through to the liberated, carefree style of the youngest character, the clothes for this film tell the story of a century. Exploring this dynamic from a costume point of view is a challenge I’m really enjoying. I’m using tonal and textural variations to help define each character, while also trying to show the family bond that unites these women.’

We are growing fast and will introduce a few more of the team next time.

And finally, we wished Helga Schneider a Happy 78th Birthday last month and she replied as ever with her unstinting support for the film (please forgive our translation!):

Dear Polly, Lizzie and George,
I reiterate how happy I am to have met you and to have you in my life beginning with Polly, who has fought for many years to realise the film of my book “Let me go”.  Besides, I had no doubt after having met you all personally in my house in Bologna, that I shared a project with an exceptional team from every point of view.

I have you in my heart, and I cherish the hope that our film will be what we want, that it will be a warning against dictatorship, war, ethnic and national fanaticism and especially focusing on the harm suffered by young people because of social harm, and psychological trauma which often lasts for several generations in a disastrous domino effect.

Please keep me up to date on the progress of the film

For the moment I greet you with affection and respect – and  Toi toi toi!

Helga Schneider

As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via info@intrustfilms.com

With very best wishes,
Polly Steele, Lizzie Pickering and Georges Tsitos
In Trust Films

Juliet Stevenson stars in Let Me Go
30/10/2015Newsby Nia Daniels
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A major new feature film set to star Juliet Stevenson and Jodhi May is due to film in the UK and Austria from early next year.
Let Me Go is based on the true-life story of Helga Schneider, and on her book of the same name.
Schneider was called back to Vienna to settle the affairs of her dying mother, who abandoned her during World War Two to become an SS officer working at concentration camps including Auschwitz.
After making a new life for herself in England and bringing up her own family – who had no knowledge of this aspect of her life – Schneider had to confront the nightmare of her mother’s lack of repentance.
Producer David Broder – known for his extensive work as a location manager on high-profile projects such as The BFG and The Imitation Game – is working alongside Lizzie Pickering on the film, which is directed by Polly Steele from her own screenplay.
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L’inutile zavorra dei sentimenti, l’amore ai tempi del nazismo raccontato da Helga Schneider.Helga Schneider racconta una storia d’amore ai tempi del nazismo.

Con L’inutile zavorra dei sentimenti la scrittrice Helga Schneider, tedesca trapiantata in Italia da anni, ritorna al periodo storico a lei caro: gli anni del nazismo in Germania. Un’epoca che l’ha vista bambina, e che le ha offerto lo spunto per diversi scritti autobiografici, come il celebre Il rogo di Berlino e Lasciami andare, madre, nei quali ha raccontato il suo vissuto personale di bambina durante il Terzo Reich, incluso l’abbandono della madre subito da lei e dal suo fratellino, quando la donna ha deciso di dedicarsi a tempo pieno al suo lavoro di ausiliaria SS.
Stavolta Helga Schneider ci riporta nella Germania della sua infanzia per raccontare la vicenda del giovane Karl von Breitfels, rampollo di ricca famiglia e membro poco convinto delle SS, nei cui ranghi era finito solo per sfuggire alla chiamata al fronte. Fidanzato a Emma, stereotipo della bella ragazza ariana e germanica, nonché convinta sostenitrice del Fuehrer, Karl ha un animo poetico e poco guerresco.
Ma come ci ricorda il titolo scelto dalla Schneider, “la gioventù deve liberarsi dell’inutile zavorra dei sentimenti che accecano la mente, mimano la razionalità, indeboliscono il carattere e compromettono l’integrità ideologica”. Così recitava uno slogan nazista rivolto alla gioventù tedesca. Karl non dovrebbe ascoltare il suo cuore, nutrendo un amore impossibile per una prostituta immigrata illegalmente. E non dovrebbe neppure proteggere con tutte le sue forze un segreto di famiglia…
L’inutile zavorra dei sentimenti di Helga Schneider narra di una Germania che così allineata non era. Uomini come Karl non rappresentavano certo la maggioranza – incantata dalle parole del Fuehrer e del suo ministro per la propaganda Goebbels – ma non erano una rarità. Uomini che nutrivano dubbi, ma che recitavano una parte per confondersi e sopravvivere nel grande circo delle adunate e dell’inquadramento della vita quotidiana ai tempi del Reich. Una dissidenza serpeggiante soprattutto fra le classi più alte, che espressero personaggi come Claus von Stauffenberg e gli altri congiurati che il 20 luglio 1944 attentarono, senza successo, alla vita di Hitler nella Tana del Lupo.
L’inutile zavorra dei sentimenti è il quindicesimo libro di Helga Schneider e, come tutti gli altri, cattura il lettore fin dalle prime pagine. La voce dell’autrice, anche quando non affronta la narrazione autobiografica, resta l’opera di una testimone preziosa di anni oscuri, in cui i sentimenti positivi di tutto un popolo furono soffocati dall’odio e dal razzismo. Pur non essendo una studiosa, Helga Schneider affronta la narrazione documentandosi con grande scrupolo, per restituirci nei suoi libri intrecci di fiction fondati su una veridicità storica.
Maria Tatsos, 30 Giugno 2015, Elle.it